Responsible travel is becoming a world trend where the traveller would like to be more involved in the local community and in the everyday lives of the people at the places they visit. Here at Thuru Lodge, it is important for us to also make a difference in the community of the place we call home and to encourage our guests to share in our enthusiasm.
CLIENTS GIVING TO THE COMMUNITY WHERE THEY VISIT
We are part of a community where there is a lot of suffering, especially under the children. Because they are raised in a place with a very low income and with parents drinking out all of the money, it can be difficult for them to even look forward to a future with the examples they see everyday.
We have had a lot of very great guests that really like to make a difference at the places they travel to. By bringing stationary for the kids that they can use at school, a variety of toys that they can play with as well as different pieces of clothing, we were able to make a big difference to some of the children in the community. It is really amazing to be able to give that to the children and see their faces light up and for them to know that there are people out there that really cares.
FOREIGN STUDENT PROGRAMME
We have also had a couple of students that came to us for their practical years – especially students from France. That way they explored our area and community and made a difference wherever they went.
HELPING THE ELDERLY AND PEOPLE IN NEED
We are also now involved in a local community project, called Herfsdag Dienste. This is a project that focuses on the people in need, but also to treat and help the local elderly people of the community, who’s families aren’t always close by to lend a helping hand. They have small projects where they help people to knit blankets and beanies for babies, and they also have a couple of families to whom they provide food on a monthly basis. Besides this they also have a bus that takes the elderly people, who can’t drive themselves anymore, to town to do all of their business or visit the doctors, once a month. This is a very nice initiative where we now encourage our guests to help us to be able to truly help the people and the elderly in need.
LOCAL SUPPLIERS AND LOCAL SERVICES
At Thuru Lodge we also try to support our local businesses by buying our meats at the local butcher, we support the local electrician, we support the local grocery store and agricultural store (cooperation) and we also use the local mechanics.
PROVIDING WORK OPPORTUNITIES TO THE LOCAL PEOPLE
Besides the permanent staff that works at Thuru Lodge, we also make use of some of the people in the community when we have, for example building projects, maintenance work etc. that needs to be done. That way they receive an extra income to provide for their family at home.
For us it is important to make a difference, how small it might be, and we would like our guests to share this enthusiasm with us and help us to be a great responsible travelling destination.